Illinois is a key US hub: the metropolis of Chicago plays host to major global players from the financial and professional services, education, healthcare and logistics sectors, while the state as a whole boasts considerable agricultural and manufacturing output. The Windy City's location further means that businesses and organisations from across the Midwestern region look here to instruct top-quality trademark counsel. The market is dominated by established local IP boutiques of national repute, although a number of international full-service firms have also made their presence felt in the trademark space.
Commentators tip Mark VB Partridge of Partridge IP Law, noting that “you can trust him to expertly navigate any trademark issue with aplomb”. Boasting “one of the highest reputations in the country”, he provides a comprehensive suite of trademark services – including litigation, prosecution, commercialisation and online expertise. ‘Supremely capable advocate’ Paul Garcia concentrates on trademark trial and appellate cases in the federal courts. He recently departed from Kirkland & Ellis to join the partnership at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP. Sources “think the world” of Julie A Katz, “a marvellous attorney who contributes a great deal to the trademark legal community”. Katz has recently joined Symbus Law Group LLC, where she brings to the table an in-depth understanding of IP law, advising on trademark filing and prosecution (including oppositions and cancellations) and civil litigation. She also possesses considerable experience in enforcement, as well as in counterfeiting, grey goods and customs issues. At Loeb & Loeb LLP, “esteemed and meticulous practitioner” Douglas Masters manages contentious and non-contentious trademark work for a variety of clients, with a particular strength in advising leagues, athletes and advertisers from the sports sector on branding. At Tolpin & Partners PC, the “sharp and knowledgeable” Brett Tolpin focuses his practice on trademark prosecution, licensing and portfolio management. He represents all types of clients, from multinational corporations to small local businesses, and acts for several popular names from the entertainment industry.